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Best Result for Carluke at Glasgow Music Festival

Posted by CPOF on March 13, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Carluke achieved their best ever score at the 106th Glasgow Music Festival on Sunday. Under conductor Jon Hargreaves, the Primrose played an excerpt from Jon's own arrangement of Greig's Holberg Suite at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The adjudicator placed Carluke first out of the four ensembles playing in Class 240, awarding 90 out of a possible 100 points. A score of 90 or over is given for "an exceptional performance both technically and artistically"; and this is the first time that Carluke have achieved this. 

This puts the orchestra on a great footing before their first venture to the National Finals of the Scottish Concert Band Festival in Perth next week

Well done to all the other ensembles performing on the night - all of whom played to a high standard (Flute Phonics, Flutes Unlimited, Glasgow Amateur Flute Ensemble).

Unfortunately we were unable to film our performance in the Concert Hall, so click here to see the video of movements I & IV from our rehearsal before we headed into Glasgow.

Annual General Meeting 2018

Posted by CPOF on January 24, 2018 at 3:55 PM

The 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes took place on Sunday 7th January 2018 in the Carluke Lifestyles Centre.  

The minutes of the previous AGM and the balance sheet for the previous year were proposed and seconded. Commitee Members for the year ahead were also elected, as follows:

 Committee Posts
1. President Stuart Laird
2. Secretary Emma Kennedy
3. Treasurer Alison Weir 
4. Vice-PresidentDavid Lannigan
5. Fundraising OfficerBryan Wood
6. Marketing & PR OfficerKaren Russell
7. Youth Orchestra RepresentativeEmma Kennedy
8. Committee MemberDonna Black
9. Committee MemberHannah Watson
10. Committee MemberLauren Serrells
11. Committee MemberBryan Chalmers
12. Committee MemberAlyson Nelson
13. Committee MemberPamela Wallace


Non-Committee Posts

Equipment Officer Donna Black

Librarian Fraser Russell

Health & Safety Officer Gemma Wylie

Honorary Presidents 
John Chalmers 
Dougie Russell

David Simpson 

John Bryce 

Honorary Members

Christmas Concert with Choir of St Mary's

Posted by CPOF on December 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM

The orchestra were delighted to have been invited once again to St Marys Church in Lanark on Sunday evening, for our annual joint Christmas concert. 

As always, it proved to be a hugely enjoyable and successful evening, with both the choir and the orchestra performing at their best. The concert culminated in a joint performance of O Holy Night.

The concert also included a performance of Mussorgsky's overture Night on the Bare Mountain, which was dedicated to Hughie Crosbie. Hughie led the Primrose between the 1970s and 1990s, taking us to our first ever contest victories but we were saddened to learn of his death earlier this month. 

Together we raised a fantastic £1,286.76 to help homeless people, with all proceeds donated to The Wayside Club in Glasgow. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all who came along and were so generous. We’re sure this donation will make the Christmas season a little brighter for some of the country's most vulnerable people.

Hughie Crosbie

Posted by CPOF on December 6, 2017 at 2:55 PM

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our old conductors, Hugh Crosbie.

We have lots of great memories of Hughie - he was the conductor in our first Scottish Championship win, our first Scottish Open win, and our first Irish Open win, and put us on the road to being the outfit we are today. A true gentleman who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family at this sad time.

Christmas is Coming... Shop through EasyFundraising

Posted by CPOF on November 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM

With the big day just over 6 weeks away, Christmas shopping will no doubt be well under way!

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If you haven’t already signed up, what are you waiting for?

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(£2 donation off valid only until 12th November 2017, you must click via the link below and complete a purchase without closing your internet browser).

Preparations Underway for Scottish Concert Band Festival

Posted by CPOF on November 6, 2017 at 3:45 PM

CPOF are currently hard at work preparing for their first regional qualifier at the Scottish Concert Band Festival, taking place on 19th November 2017.

We were delighted to have Andrea Kuypers come along to our last rehearsal and undertake a mock adjudication. Andrea provided us with some very useful feedback that we'll take to the qualifier!  

Andrea is an accomplished musician, working both as a freelance performer and teacher, and leading flute teaching at Edinburgh Napier University. So naturally we are very grateful that she was able to take time out of her busy schedule to visit us.

CPOF in rehearsal


  • Details about the forthcoming qualifier for the Scottish Concert Band Festival are available on the Events listing
  • Find out more about Andrea and her work on her website.
  • Andrea also runs Flutes du Soleil - a relaxed flute course which takes place in the stunning French Alps in Summer 2018. Find out more on the Flutes du Soleil website

CPOF Play Concert for Allanton Scottish Women's Institute

Posted by CPOF on September 12, 2017 at 4:30 PM

We were delighted to have been invited to Allanton Parish Church on 11th September, where we entertained a fantastic audience, matched only by the quality of the home baking!

Thank you to those who came along and to those who worked hard to organise the event. We hope to be able to join you again soon. 

Concert at Allanton Parish Church

Check out our YouTube Channel!

Posted by CPOF on August 3, 2017 at 2:50 PM

Ater taking a bit of a hiatus, our YouTube Channel has been updated and the videos from our 37th Annual Concert in June 2017 are now online - and we're rather pleased with them!

Check it out now at

Clean Sweep at Spring Contest and Farewell to Alex

Posted by CPOF on May 18, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Last Saturday (5th May) saw Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes continue their winning ways with a “clean sweep” at the Scottish Amateur Flute Association's (SAFA) Scottish Open Spring Contest which was held in Troon Concert Hall.

Adjudicating the contest was Mr Gareth McLearnon, an internationally renowned flautist and flute tutor. Over the years he has given hundreds of performances across four continents, and has led masterclasses and education events for well over three thousand flute players.

The contest had two sections, the graded section where each ensemble plays their own programme of music lasting no longer than 15 minutes, and an open march category. In both categories points out of 100 would be awarded as well as prizes for best piccolo, percussion, entertainment and the highest aggregate score overall.

The orchestra played conductor Alex Abbott’s own composition in the open march section, Pride of the Fleet. This was the first public performance of this march.

In the first grade section of the contest the conductor decided on a selection of music to show off the talents, musicianship, and instrumentation of the ensemble. The orchestra performed Take Ur Picc, composed by conductor Alex Abbott. This piece featured some fantastic solo playing by Donna Black on piccolo, winning her the award for best piccolo player. The next item was another of Alex Abbott’s compositions, Legal Contra-band, which highlighted the orchestra’s bass flutes, and their player’s technical abilities. The orchestra then performed Cavalleria Rusticana, an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni. The finale of the programme was Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno, which emphasised the orchestra’s musical abilities, and ensemble playing.

Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes were awarded first place in the graded section, with 89 points and first place in the open march section, with 84 points. The orchestra were also awarded the piccolo, percussion, and entertainment prizes. With so many points awarded to Carluke, they also won the highest aggregate score prize. This is a fantastic achievement for the orchestra, and they hope that this will bode well for the coming year.

Results Summary

Open March Section:
1stCarluke Primrose89 points
76 points
3rd Eastfield & Harthill70 points

Grade 1 Own Choice:
1stCarluke Primrose84 points
2ndBallygowan74 points
3rd Glasgow68 points

Other Awards:
PiccoloCarluke Primrose
PercussionCarluke Primrose
EntertainmentCarluke Primrose
Highest Points Aggregate
Carluke Primrose

*all points scored out of 100.

CPOF would like to thank Alex Abbott for his recent efforts as interim conductor. The orchestra have achieved some great successes under Alex’s direction, and are very grateful for his guidance. CPOF would also like to thank 1st Carluke Scout Group for the use of their hall for their pre-contest rehearsal, and The Station Inn at Braidwood for hosting their celebrations upon return to Carluke. 

The orchestra are now busy rehearsing for their Annual Concert, to be held on Saturday 24th June in Kirkton Church. This will be the first public performance under their new conductor, Jon Hargreaves, making it one not to be missed. The orchestra are excited to be working with Jon, and look forward to seeing what new ideas he will bring. See the Event page for more details.

Jon Hargreaves Appointed Conductor & Musical Director

Posted by CPOF on May 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes are delighted to announce that their new Conductor and Musical Director will be Jon Hargreaves. 

Jon has a wealth of experience, and the orchestra are looking forward to working with him. He has a doctorate, 'Music as Communication', from the University of York, and teaches for the Aldeburgh Young Musicians' Scheme, having previously worked as an Associate Lecturer at University of Kent.

Based between Glasgow and London, Jon co-directs the Octandre Ensemble, is Musical Director of Online Orchestra and of the London Medical Orchestra. He has also appeared as a guest conductor with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and also with Glasgow's Rogue Orchestra, in recordings and performances. Aside from conducting, Jon often works on arranging and composition projects, having prepared scores for the likes of the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras.

Jon's first engagement with the orchestra will be the Annual Concert in June. More details regarding this concert will be made available soon. Follow CPOF on Facebook and on Twitter for the latest updates.

CPOF wish Jon all the very best in his new role and hope that his stay at Carluke is a long and successful one.

The orchestra would also like to extend their thanks to Alex Abbott, who has filled the role on an interim basis since John Bryce retired from the role last summer. Most recently, Alex has been working hard with the orchestra in preparation for the SAFA Spring Contest, taking place in Troon on Saturday 13th May.